Electric Imp OS packs enhance security across larger base of IoT devices


Electric Imp released Wednesday impOS 36, its new version of Electric Imp’s IoT operating system for edge devices and light gateways. impOS 36 includes cryptographic APIs including secure local storage, optimized power utilization, “fast start” support for new devices, and expansion of its multi-module compatibility across products lines, including support for the new imp004m wireless IoT module from Murata.

impOS is a small, efficient, secure and developer-focused operating system that powers every Electric Imp device in the Electric Imp Platform. The imp Platform includes unique management layers for full lifecycle management, such as secure Over the Air (OTA) updates, secured communications and remote monitoring.

The impOS 36 release features new cryptographic APIs that allow locally stored application data to be signed and verified; with a small amount of persistent, protected storage is now available to applications to hold security-critical data such as signing keys.

imp003 and imp004m devices benefit from scheduler optimizations that can reduce idle power to the tens of microamps level even when running application code. It also includes automation and management enhancements through a variety of enhancements to better manage the vagaries of network connections, auto restart, better insights for faster debugging, etc.

The offering delivers enhanced logging of connection information: fine-grained collection of connection events helps diagnose problems with sporadic or slow device connectivity. Its expanded compatibility supports all imp modules, including the new imp004m that was recently selected by SoftBank to market on +Style to help accelerate IoT adoption in Japan.

As with every impOS release, extensive automated testing has been performed to ensure that there have been no regressions in compatibility, performance or memory availability so that existing applications will continue to run without modification.

As with every impOS release, extensive automated testing has been performed to ensure that there have been no regressions in compatibility, performance or memory availability so that existing applications will continue to run without modification.

“Our operating system was built by a team with well over a century of experience in mobile and edge software development, which is not something commonly seen in the IoT market,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp. “impOS 36 is a great example of putting that on-the-ground experience to work so that it’s easier to develop a nearly infinite variety of edge device applications.”

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